Hypertension Canada is pleased to celebrate the appointment of one of its founding board members, Dr. Norm Campbell, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary, as Member of the Order of Canada.

campbell“Dr. Campbell’s appointment to the Order of Canada is a fitting recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to positively change the landscape for people at risk for or living with hypertension,” says Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin, President of Hypertension Canada and Member of the Order of Canada. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we extend our sincere congratulations and appreciation for his remarkable achievements.”

For over 20 years, Dr. Campbell has served Canada’s hypertension community in chief leadership roles in every volunteer-based, national initiative including the Canadian Hypertension Society, the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP), Blood Pressure Canada and Hypertension Canada. In these roles, Dr. Campbell led the creation of the current methodology for creating national hypertension recommendations, policies and procedures for developing and endorsing education programs for
healthcare professionals and the public, chaired the committee to develop the Hypertension Framework, and led the effort to establish a national surveillance system for hypertension. As the Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, Dr. Campbell’s present work builds on his ground-breaking work in dietary sodium reduction, having initiated widely publicized research studies that assessed the impact of dietary salt on the health of Canadians and related health care costs.

Past-President Dr. Ross Feldman comments, “Dr. Campbell’s dedication and vision brought momentum to the creation of both CHEP and Hypertension Canada. This honour befits his contributions not only to our organizations, but to all of Canada’s hypertension community.”

Dr. Campbell was among 82 inductees to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, announced by the Governor-General’s office on Monday and carried by many national and local news outlets.

“It has been a true pleasure and honor to work with amazing, talented, and dedicated colleagues in the effort to reduce the burden of hypertension related disease in Canada,” says Dr. Campbell. “Working together, we have accomplished what others have not. The hypertension community nominating me and supporting me for the Order of Canada deeply affects me and is something I will remember for the rest of my life. “